Living My Purpose


When I get quiet, and the external noise fades into silence, and the internal noise becomes less intrusive, and I can take a breath and just be with it and feel it and know that soon I must let it go. And the thoughts slow down and sometimes for a minute or two just stop and I can just really be in the moment and not feel like it is a cliché and I AM REALLY WALKING MY TALK. Then life gets real and love is not just a four-letter word but a deep feeling that just wants to give without getting anything back. And G-d’s Presence is palpable… I can almost hear the sound of the Divine that is so subtle yet deeply healing. All this is just words that can never do justice to the knowing, but all the same I am compelled to write them down in the hope that maybe someone will get the hint jump in the great ocean of spiritual practice creating a greater vibration of holiness that will penetrate the world with goodness.

So, my purpose is to share that with others, especially men, JEWISH MEN who are suffering, or searching for something more just like me. It is imperative that I share this and that I deepen my own well so that I have something to give and don’t run dry. Each time I sit with other men, I strengthen my own practice and everyone benefits. Meditation is often seen as a solitary experience that takes a person out of the group and his involvement with other people. But I think just the opposite – the practice of mindfulness together with others creates a profound connection that cuts through the differences that divide us. In that silent, still place we are all one, bonded by the great soul of Klal Yisrael which is one with the Holy One Blessed Be He.

So my friends, begin. The practice is simple – take twenty minutes today to sit down and just breathe. Close your eyes, relax your body and pay attention to your breath coming in and going out. Notice how your mind races from one place to another, now reviewing the past, now planning for the future. Then just return your attention to your breath, feeling the fine details of that activity. Then noticing your judgments of others, of the practice itself. Notice your restlessness, your craving for something to fill you up and distract you from yourself, from your essential being. Notice all that and return your attention to your breath. Rest in being, not doing. Feel the preciousness of the present moment. Be in the tranquility and serenity of NOW.